EA Sports Announces FIFA 13 With Kinect Support and FIFA Street Aspects
EA Sports has announced that it will launch FIFA 13 later in the year, which is bound to come as a surprise to precisely no one.
However, it has also detailed some interesting new features, which are sure to get the blood pumping through FIFA fanatics’ veins.
For starters, FIFA 13 will be about refining the excellent gameplay of FIFA 12 – this won’t be a revolutionary title, just a build on something that is already at the top of the tree when it comes to football video games.
We all know that the changes to defending in 2012 made it very difficult for some, unless you were attacking of course, when it felt comparatively easy. In FIFA 13 EA will be improving the way that players find and make use of space when attacking, which should bring out more creative ways moving forward. This, EA Sports is calling ‘Attacking Intelligence’.
Another feature linked more with attacking is called ‘Complete Dribbling’. Apparently influenced by the fluid play of Barcelona, Complete Dribbling comes into play in one-on-one situations in the game, allowing players to use clever stick flicks to beat the man. This is a progression from the groundbreaking 360-control feature that was added in FIFA 10. Those who have played the new FIFA Street title will notice elements of that game in FIFA 13 when it comes to trickery and beating players one-on-one.
The way in which a player can bring down an aerial pass or latch on to a through ball has been altered to become more realistic in the forthcoming title, with a new feature that EA is dubbing ‘First Touch Control’. Depending on the skill level of the individual player involved, the first touch will be more controlled and skillful, although we’re told that the ball will behave more naturally, bouncing up and spinning upon your first contact with the ball.
In the same vein, ‘Dynamic First Touch’ will allow you to stop the ball dead from a pass and immediately flick it beyond your opponent.
Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, FIFA 13 will feature support for the Xbox 360’s Kinect motion sensing system. EA is currently keeping exactly how this works under wraps, but tells us we’ll find out later in the year. We’re hoping for the ability to play goalkeeper for penalties – diving around the room could be tons of fun.
So overall it seems that FIFA 13 won’t be a massive reboot for the franchise, but will bring in some interesting features and tweaks to make it even more realistic than this year’s title. Who’s excited for it?